Leeds Utd Should Succeed Where Villa Failed at Luton Town   –   by Rob Atkinson


The Giant-killing field of Kenilworth Road

One swallow does not a summer make – but Leeds United‘s opening victory of the season at Sheffield Wednesday has brought with it real hope of brighter times to come. Tuesday night’s tricky looking EFL Cup tie at Luton Town, conquerors in the previous round of Aston Villa, could go a long way towards validating that hope.

A win at Luton and secure progress to the next stage of this competition would increase the burgeoning feelgood factor in and around the United squad. Comments during the Sheffield Wednesday encounter from the Sky Sports News channel repeatedly picked up on the “togetherness” of the Leeds players, even before the Whites took the lead and then sealed a derby-day win. That word togetherness speaks volumes for the mentally-attuned state of a team, and it was a novel and welcome thing to hear about a group of players wearing that famous white shirt. 

Success at Luton, followed if possible by something from Nottingham Forest away, and we’d head into the international break in fine fettle. On the other hand, defeat tonight would be no disaster – but the pressure would then be on to make amends at the City Ground next weekend.

It won’t be easy at Luton, famed cup fighters who made comparatively short work of Aston Villa. It never has been easy down there, many a nominally more illustrious team having been slain on that tight little ground with the row of conservatories along one side of the pitch. But, if United can retain and build on that precious togetherness, and with the threat they undoubtedly carry going forward, then they can and should prevail.

So much will depend on gaffer Garry Monk‘s team selection, but there is now a semblance of strength in depth about United’s squad. Monk will have his priorities straight, yet he’s expressed a desire to “go far” in this competition, and he’ll want to avoid the fright that Fleetwood gave his men – so a relatively powerful team is likely to take the field against the Hatters. 

On balance, therefore, and with a post-Wendies sense of optimism, I shall go for a 3-1 United win, hopefully in regulation time. And then? – well, it’s a case of “bring on the Big Boys”. Maybe even someone at the very top.

Hull City, anybody…?

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8 responses to “Leeds Utd Should Succeed Where Villa Failed at Luton Town   –   by Rob Atkinson

  1. Hi rob.we should prevail,but everyone seems to be getting excited cos we beat the wendies. We have been here many times before with I’ll minded optimism, and then,well you know.I hope he plays are strongest team,and build on our last result,and give us confidence for Saturdays match against forest,who are scoring for fun,but also like to let them in to.

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  2. Karl Major

    Apparently Monk will utilise his squad to the full, it will be interesting to see if he can make Doukara and Bamba look like decent players, let’s see.
    MOT

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  3. ThinLizzyWhite

    The huge number of changes for tonight’s game doesn’t establish much continuity and an almost second team takes the field tonight.
    Some are fighting for their Elland Road futures possibly. Let’s hope so many changes does not backfire.

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  4. Denton looks like a good Un rob. .. now if we can beat forest away on sat the belief will be there ,, and we who’s next at ER so it will be good to get a settled and confident side going into the one…

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